PHX - Copper Canyon - The steepest, rockiest, hill I ever pushed a bike up!

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  1. Nightstalker

    Nightstalker YO BUDDYPAL!

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    I saw that the National Forest Service just opened a new OHV Trailhead in Camp Verde, AZ, called Copper Canyon. I put a ride together to check it and the trails it services out.

    Beautiful staging area. Ramada's and a pit toilet.

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    Slowred - Honda 450X
    Yardstick - KTM 530
    ATRJerry - KTM 300
    Nightstalker - Honda 450X

    Were the list for today.
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  2. Nightstalker

    Nightstalker YO BUDDYPAL!

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    I was a bit concerned about our first trail on the list, 513. Rumors had it rated pretty difficult. Started out easy enough though.

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    A little rocky.

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  3. Nightstalker

    Nightstalker YO BUDDYPAL!

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    Yardstick.

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    Hard to get started again if you stopped.

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  4. Nightstalker

    Nightstalker YO BUDDYPAL!

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    Yardstick demonstrates how hard it is to stay on the trail with those big rocks knocking your front tire out from under you.

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    It's not easy to get your bike on the trail once you've been ejected.

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    It's hard to catch your breath when the relentless rocks never end.

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  5. Nightstalker

    Nightstalker YO BUDDYPAL!

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    Jerry on his way.

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    Having a 2 stroke, a rekluse, and a trials tire is a pretty hot setup.

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  6. Nightstalker

    Nightstalker YO BUDDYPAL!

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    Unbelievable obsticales to navigate!

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    At least it's only June in Arizona...

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  7. Nightstalker

    Nightstalker YO BUDDYPAL!

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    Jerry gets a good run at it.

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    Not good enough.

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  8. Nightstalker

    Nightstalker YO BUDDYPAL!

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    For a minute, we thought we had topped out.

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    We hadn't.

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    I had a consistent run going until I rounded a curve and saw Yardstick stuck on this boulder pile.

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    That really took the jam out of my donut!
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  9. jrproper

    jrproper Been here awhile

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    Looks like fun so far.
    I was wondering if this might be the ride report that I see Yardstick's bike on the ground... yup!!:muutt


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  10. Yardstick

    Yardstick Hydrophobic

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    That seemed like the theme of that hill. If you were in the lead, you only had the rocks and steepness of the hill to contend with. If you were in the back, you had to stop if the person ahead got stuck on something. I'm not sure I would have made it through the boulder pile there, but I ran up on Slowred stuck in that spot, too.
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  11. Nightstalker

    Nightstalker YO BUDDYPAL!

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    Slowred, Yardstick, and I finally crested the hill and returned on foot to give Jerry a hand.

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    It felt like we pushed the bikes nearly the whole TWO miles up this hill. We were wiped out.

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    The question was do we pick up the bike or lay in the shade.

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    Two hours to cover two miles and my quota for rocky hill climbs has been met for the remainder of the year.

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  12. Nightstalker

    Nightstalker YO BUDDYPAL!

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    I noticed my chain guide weld to the swingarm was cracked during the numerous times my bike had been upside down coming up the hill. Well, it was no longer cracked.

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    Look, there's a sign! I think it said ROCKS ---> and <--- MORE ROCKS.

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    Yardstick contemplates the meaning of rocky trails.

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    Slowred and Jerry.

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  13. Nightstalker

    Nightstalker YO BUDDYPAL!

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    Always close the gate!

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    Oh man, I was ready to drop to my knees and kiss the bladed, graded, goodness.

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  14. Nightstalker

    Nightstalker YO BUDDYPAL!

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    The nice smooth road ended at the 6526 foot high Squaw Peak. Great views of the Verde valley.

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    Loads of communication equipment up here.

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    rattlecan Caffeine Driven

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    I believe I've found the quote of the year!. :lol3

    "Oh man, I was ready to drop to my knees and kiss the bladed, graded, goodness."

    LMAO Terry.
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  16. Nightstalker

    Nightstalker YO BUDDYPAL!

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    We left the cool altitude of Squaw Peak and, after a little exploration, headed for the I-17. We went miles down this road that ended at a ranch and a locked gate! No shit!@ Two inches of tube steel separate us from our destination. I had a stroke of brilliance and found a way around that didn't involve lifting our bikes over the 4 foot high fence.

    Around the gate and across the I-17 we picked up the Great Western Trail!

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    We diverted off the GWT onto some excellent two track. Stopped to check out some mining ruins. We noticed the ground was densely covered with NAILS!!

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    Thwarted again only 200 yards from Cherry Creek road. There was no happy ending to this impasse. Tired, hungry, and on reserve, we backtracked the 10 miles to the highway and took the Copper Canyon trail to the staging area.

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  17. Nightstalker

    Nightstalker YO BUDDYPAL!

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    What's the best part about finishing a Nightstalker ride?? Food afterwards!!!

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    If you're hungry and in Camp Verde, head past the interchange dives into town and treat yourself at the Valley View Restaurant.

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    Jerry was all over that open face roast beef sandwich.

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    Yardstick loves the sweet potato fries!

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    Nightstalker prefers to finish his rides with TEQUILA!!!

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  18. Nightstalker

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    56 miles total.

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  19. Slowred

    Slowred Been here awhile

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    Great ride and RR Nightstalker! Thanks for putting together another epic NS adventure.:clap

    A few pics from my point 'n shoot:
    Here NS starts up what shall henceforth be know as "the Hill". Looks unassuming,doesn't it?:evil
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    This should give some indication of the toughness of the climb. Those of you that know Yardstick, know that this is an extremely rare event!!
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    Nightstalker cooking along.
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    But gravity had other plans. As with Yardstick, this is another unusual event, rarely seen in the wild...
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  20. phxman

    phxman "Rocks are my Friends"

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    lol...Trail 513 has not changed a bit since my last ride on it years ago. Ok, its probably gotten worse. In fact, that trail probably was the start of my "Rocks are my Friends" mantra :wink:
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